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Author Topic: Going to Japan in January 2009 for 2 weeks - Med Situation  (Read 1962 times)

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Offline ArisGreekSquared

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Going to Japan in January 2009 for 2 weeks - Med Situation
« on: August 19, 2008, 03:31:46 PM »
Good day to you all!

I have been searching in the forum, as well as online to see if + people can enter Japan.  I was hoping I'd slip through because I wasn't on medication but now that I started them over a couple of weeks ago I'm a little nervous. I have a taekwondo competition and need to be present.

Does anyone know for sure if + people are allowed in Japan? I lived there for a year while studying abroad for school about 5 years ago but again, I wasn't on meds.

Also, when traveling now...What do I do about my meds? Do I put them in a pill box? Do I leave them in their bottle? Do I put them in my carry on or in my luggage?

I heard that I need to bring a letter with me stating what they are. Is this true?


Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Going to Japan in January 2009 for 2 weeks - Med Situation
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 03:35:14 PM »
I donīt about Japanesse regulations, but always carry your meds in your hand luggage. Otherwise your checked luggage could get lost fro weeks with your meds inside.
Meds, money, documents and important belogings always with you.
I work for an airline and see many things... :-\
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Offline ArisGreekSquared

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Re: Going to Japan in January 2009 for 2 weeks - Med Situation
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 03:47:04 PM »
LOL, I love your avatar. haha! Yes, I know all about lost luggage. I went to Europe last summer for 3 weeks on vacation with two of my friends and our luggage got lost 3 times! LOL It's funny now thinking about what we had to go through, but not then so yes, I will always keep a spare set of clothes with me, important docs, and my meds...I figured I'd split them up (half in luggage half in carry-on *shrugs*). 

We flew Continental *grumbles*. They are good for quick domestic flights but when I saw we are going ona  737 for a trans-atlantic flight I wanted to cancel, haha. My friend John booked the flight because he wanted to save $60. We could have flown American Airlines and been on a huge 777 with comfy seats and quality service :) I'm totally digressing, sorry :)

Thanks, Beauty :)

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Re: Going to Japan in January 2009 for 2 weeks - Med Situation
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 06:54:26 PM »
The US State Department used to keep an "informal" list of travel restrictions -- now they refer you to the entry requirements for a particular country.  Their page on Japan is


That links to a page maintained by the Japanese embassy which provides the following general info:

"Generally, up to one month's supply of allowable prescription medicine can be brought into Japan. Travelers must bring a copy of their doctor's prescription as well as a letter stating the purpose of the drug. Travelers who must carry more than one month's supply (except prohibited drugs and controlled drugs), or are carrying syringes (pumps), are required to obtain a so-called "Yakkan Shoumei", or an import certificate in advance, and show the "Yakkan Shoumei" certificate with your prescription medicines at the Customs.

For more information about bringing medicines into Japan and how to obtain a "Yakkan Shoumei" Certificate, please visit the website of the Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare at http://kouseikyoku.mhlw.go.jp/kantoshinetsu/pdf/qa_bringmedicines_070618.pdf
It may take for a while to open the pdf file, but after the Q&A pages, you can find an application form. When you make an inquiry to the Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Bureau, please do not forget to provide your fax number or your E-mail address"

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Re: Going to Japan in January 2009 for 2 weeks - Med Situation
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2008, 03:31:48 PM »
Japan has no entry restrictions for HIV+ travellers: http://www.hivtravel.org/Default.aspx?PageId=143&CountryCode=JP

Like others have mentioned, keep it in your hand luggage, and in original packaging (so customs can easily determine these are legitimate drugs). A letter from your doc strikes me as a very good idea.

Have a good trip! ;)

« Last Edit: August 20, 2008, 03:33:27 PM by keyite »

Offline momo

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Re: Going to Japan in January 2009 for 2 weeks - Med Situation
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2008, 04:16:53 PM »
You hane NO problem to enter Japan. I am Japanese and I go there to see my parents every year and I am on meds.
As a matter of fact ,I am going to Japan 9/29/08 for 2 weeks .
I carry it with my carry on bag and no one ask about it.
I have to take a meds while I am in the air. ( airplane)
Hpe you have a nice time in my home country .
MoMo  :)

Offline ArisGreekSquared

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Re: Going to Japan in January 2009 for 2 weeks - Med Situation
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2008, 08:28:18 PM »
Thanks, everyone! I appreciate all of the feedback :)


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